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What is the Oldest Tea Utensil in Japan?

A ceramic kettle and drinking bowl were unearthed at a location within the historical grounds of Kōfuku-ji in Nara in 1963. These are both glazed in green and are thought to have been influenced by the ceramics of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) in China.

Some scholars think that the kettle was used to boil tea leaves, but the earliest known trustworthy document on tea from China coming to Japan is from the early 9th century. However, as Buddhist temples in the 8th century adopted the culture of the Tang dynasty, it is certainly possible that people drank tea there.

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